30th Birthday : The Night

On my actual birthday (Tuesday), Eric handed me an itinerary for the upcoming Saturday that included a hair and nail appointment, dinner reservations at Tre Cugini, our favorite restaurant in Grand Rapids, and a stay downtown Grand Rapids at the Amway Hotel.
Our babysitter arrived and we headed downtown to find the city completely hopping with ArtPrize taking place. We checked into the hotel, and since we were a little early for our dinner "reservation", Eric suggested we go across the street to the art museum first.from up above, everyone was watching us as we were coming in.
At this point, I was catching on that Eric was up to something!
friends & family waiting for our arrivalstepping off the elevator to everyone singing "Happy Birthday!"major surprise on my part,
major relief on Eric's!
after we had all settled in from the surprise, we headed to the outdoor terrace for appetizers and cocktails, yum! (We did lots of picture taking too!)
Next, Aletha called us indoors for dinner. My friend Abi opened the meal with prayer which meant a lot to me, and Eric shared a toast. Thankfully I wasn't put on the spot to say something at that moment as this pregnant girl was feeling a bit overwhelmed!
Lastly, we headed back to the outdoor terrace where a gelato sundae bar, as well as heat lamps and musician Brant Satala were waiting for us.What an amazing night!

(all photos by Obsessive Compulsive Photography)

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